ST. PAUL - Blake Wheeler won't be in the line-up tonight as the Winnipeg Jets (0-2-0) conclude a three-game road trip tonight against the Minnesota Wild (2-0-0) at Xcel Energy Center.
The official update from the team came following Tuesday's morning skate, that the Jets captain has tested positive for COVID-19. Even more important than the game tonight, Wheeler's teammates are hoping for the best for their captain.
"Obviously, it sucks for him and all that you hope is that he's feeling fine and he comes back feeling good," said Mark Scheifele. "Losing a guy like that is always tough, but you need guys to step up in that situation and we've got the guys to do it. We all have to rally together and step up tonight."
Head coach Paul Maurice felt his team was, understandably, "tight" during Monday's practice after hearing Wheeler had entered the league's Covid protocol.
Today, he felt they were able to focus a bit better.
"I think we focus on today, the guys that are playing," Maurice said. "Then we'll make sure he gets lots of phone calls as soon as he's feeling 100 per cent."